April 25, 2018


Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018 -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces -

Monday, April 23, 2018

Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm -

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Is your website GDPR compliant? -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’ -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gardman Service Update -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business -

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’ -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire -

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society -

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

60 jobs saved after sale of Barton Grange garden centre

Garden Centre

Barton Grange Garden Centre, in Wigan Road, Deane, has been bought by Middlesex-based Garden Centre Group, which owns 129 other garden centres across the UK. More than 90 per cent of the group’s plant stock is British-grown and much of this is grown in its own nurseries. The group employs more than 5,000 staff and runs its own gardening club, with more than two million members. Bolton Garden Centre, as it is now known, has been bought from previous owners the Preston-based Barton Grange Group. The Bolton centre’s sale is the first significant addition to The Garden Centre Group’s network…

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Smart Solar appoint Fleur Hayter-Jose

Smart Solar

Smart Solar has appointed Fleur Hayter-Jose as Product Development Manager. Fleur is an additional member of the NPD team with specific responsibility for the development of new product lines for 2014. Fleur, who previously held the position of Product Manager with Gardman, brings a wealth of product sourcing and marketing experience across a wide range of garden products. She is initially working on products to be launched at Glee in September. Jonathan Stobart, MD, commented, “We are delighted that Fleur has joined our growing team, adding relevant skills and experience that we need to achieve our ambitious expansion plans.”

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New Plant Award entries flood in


Entries are flooding in for the New Plant Awards, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which take place at the HTA National Plant Show on 26 and 27 June at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. The awards showcase the best in new plant introductions from UK plant suppliers. This year’s judges HTA President Caroline Owen from Scotsdales Garden Centre, Gardener and TV broadcaster Christine Walkden, plant breeder Peter Catt, RHS Trials Manager Mark Heath and Head of Horticulture at the Garden Centre Group Tim Clapp will have a challenging task in selecting the best plants from a strong field of entries….

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Westland rising stars battle it out to win the title


THE FOUR Garden Centre Association (GCA) Westland Rising Stars finalists have recently (May, 2013) successfully completed their second workshop as part of the competition. George Bishop, Will Michieli, Charlotte Prentice and Matthew Schindler experienced a guided tour of the Westland Packaging Unit at Alconbury in Cambridgeshire and visited Notcutts Peterborough Garden Centre. Ian Boardman, who facilitated the Rising Stars workshop, said: “The four stars have been working incredibly hard. During the workshop they had to present what they have achieved since the previous workshop, I was very impressed by their drive and determination. “They had really got stuck in and…

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HTA win medals at BBC Gardeners’ World Live


With show season now in full swing, members of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) have been reaping in the rewards by winning a number of medals at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. The RHS Flower Show Birmingham, which is running at the NEC Birmingham in conjunction with Gardeners’ World Live from 12 – 16 June, has seen members win in both the Show Gardens and RHS Floral Marquee. The Best Show Garden went to ‘The Austerity Garden’, designed by Jade Goto and Armando Raish and sponsored by HTA member Lovania Nurseries. The concept behind the…

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Regatta launch garden centre concessions


Regatta, the outdoor specialists, have been trading since 1981 and the 100% family owned business are renowned in the UK for providing exceptional, high quality, great value outdoor attire.  The company exports to 54 countries worldwide and operate dedicated sales offices throughout Europe, thus establishing themselves as a global brand. Regatta offers a range that covers jackets, fleece, softshell, shirts, trousers, footwear, accessories and rucksacks for men, women and children.  Regatta also owns both the renowned Craghoppers brand, and their own skiwear label, Dare 2b. Regatta already has an established presence within garden centres, offering a wholesale offer to clothing…

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Glee exhibitors ‘through the ages’


As the leading annual trade show for the garden industry, Glee from i2i Events Group (15 – 17 September, NEC Birmingham), has long been home to the widest selection of companies – from big name brands, to businesses taking their first tentative steps in the market with a single product and the determination to succeed.  With a rich, 38 year history behind Glee, we catch up with a host of companies at different stages of their Glee ‘journey’ to find out more about the vital role the show plays and their plans for exhibiting in 2013. Debuting at Glee 2013…

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Dobbies Garden World supports the North Cerney Big Project


A Cirencester garden centre has thrown its support behind a campaign to raise £150,000 for a major refurbishment of a Cotswolds school. Dobbies Garden World has named the North Cerney Big Project – which is working to raise the funds to build a new assembly hall at the village’s primary school – as its local charity of the year. The campaign launched in February and has so far raised more than £40,000 and is due to hear this week if a bid for funding from Gloucestershire County Council’s Local Education Authority has been successful. Project committee leader Jennifer Forde said…

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Johnsons Little Gardeners now has own website


Johnsons is now supporting its Little Gardeners range with the launch of a great new website, especially for youngsters who enjoy growing plants.  They can now log on at www.little-gardeners.co.uk for plenty of gardening-related fun and facts.  New point-of-sale material for the Little Gardeners stand highlights the web address, with shelf wobblers and edgers also available.   Features of the new site include a Fun Zone, where they can colour in with their friends and a What’s That? Quiz to test their gardening knowledge.  The Little Gardeners’ Academy helps explain the science of seeds and also looks at garden wildlife…

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Sui Generis outdoor furniture features at Chelsea Flower Show

Sui Generis

Sui Generis’ striking yet contemporary ranges of GRP fibreglass outdoor furniture and water features took centre stage at the Chelsea Flower Show. The beautiful handmade constructions were chosen by nursery and garden centre, Hillier, to help them retain their world-record breaking run of gold medals at the annual flower show.  For a bold new look to their Chelsea exhibit, Hillier took on the theme of ‘Risk’, and chose Sui Generis’ serpentine seats in telemagenta pink as a key element. The fibreglass designers also created a bespoke circular table to complete the innovative garden design. Andrew McIndoe, Managing Director, Hillier, explains…

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